Boozy Triple Irish Trifle

Boozy Irish Car Bomb Trifle | Two in the Kitchen vThis indulgence is definitely outside of my norm.  I normally make sweet holiday desserts with kids  in mind.  But folks, this is not for the kids!!  With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would branch out a bit and make a tasty treat that is meant for adults only.  I mean after all, adults get to have a little bit of fun too right?!  ;)

Boozy Irish Car Bomb Trifle  Two in the Kitchen vivSo with that said, this yummy trifle is inspired by a typical bar drink called an Irish Car Bomb.  It’s basically a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream mixed with Jameson Irish Whiskey dropped into a glass of Guinness beer and consumed quickly before the mixture begins to coagulate.

Now mind you, I have never had an Irish Car Bomb myself.  Mainly because I am not really into shots (I’m more of a wine girl ;) ) and I am a really slow drinker.  Chugging drinks down does not really appeal to me.  However, from what I understand from a group of friends of mine, the flavors of this drink mixed together is really quite amazing.  So I made this trifle with the flavors in mind.  I have to tell you that the result far exceeded my expectations!!

Boozy Irish Car Bomb Trifle  Two in the Kitchen cSo here is how it works:  The cake is a simple devil’s food box cake into which I added a cup of Guinness.  After it baked, I cut the cake up into pieces and then poured more Guinness over it to soak into the cake.  It is then layered with Bailey’s Irish Cream filling and drizzled throughout with Jameson caramel sauce.  I really have to tell you that the flavors here are phenomenal!!  The Jameson caramel drizzle itself is so amazing that you have to make sure you have some in each and every bite!  Of course, you can make this treat in a trifle bowl or individual clear plastic cups if you think it will be easier for your guests.

For St. Patrick’s Day, make up some of these Mint Brookies for the kids.  But for the adults, splurge a little on this fantastic Boozy Triple IrishTrifle!  With the Guinness chocolate cake, the Bailey’s Irish Cream filling and the Jameson caramel drizzle, I think you and your guests will agree that this dessert really is”da bomb”!!


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Boozy Triple Irish Trifle


  • 1 box of Devil's Food Cake (I used Pillsbury)
  • ingredients as per box instructions (except the water)
  • 1 c. Guinness Beer plus more for drizzle
  • 2 8 oz. bars of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c. Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 c. cool whip
  • 1 bag (27-29 pieces) of baking caramels (I used Werthers but Kraft would work fine as well)
  • 6 TBSP Jameson Irish Whiskey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare cake according to package directions except substitute the water called for in the instructions with 1 cup of Guinness Beer. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the cream filling by placing the cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl and mixing until soft and creamy. Add the Bailey's and the powdered sugar and mix until blended. Carefully fold in the cool whip by hand. Set aside.
  4. Make the caramel drizzle by placing the caramels unwrapped in a medium pan with 3 TBLSP of Jameson's Irish Whiskey. Over low heat, whisk together until smooth. Add 2-3 more TBLSP of whiskey and whisk together until desired consistency and taste is achieved. Set aside.
  5. Cut up the cooled cake into pieces, place in a medium bowl and pour 1/4-1/2 cup of Guinness beer over the pieces and allow it to soak in for a few minutes.
  6. Assemble the trifle by using a medium trifle dish and covering the bottom with cake pieces. Next, add a layer of the cream filling and then drizzle with caramel sauce making particular attention to the sides of the dish so the layers all show. Continue the layers again and finish off with a cake layer on top and covering it with the remaining cool whip from the container. Save one piece of chocolate cake to crumble on the very top and finish it off with a caramel drizzle.
  7. Alternatively, you could layer individual clear plastic cups for a different type of presentation.


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  1. says

    Oh. My. Gosh. This is such an awesome idea! I’m in a DietBet and losing weight for a wedding, but I am pinning this for next year – it’s just too good to forget about!

  2. says

    WOW! That looks so amazing Renee. I have never had the drink either, I can’t stand Guinness…or straight beer for that matter. But baked with chocolate, now you are speaking my language!! Caramel and Irish Whiskey….you just made my St. Patrick’s Day pinterest board very happy. :)

  3. says

    This looks so incredible, I wouldn’t want to share it with the kids anyway! I love trifles, and this St. Patrick’s Day version is such a great idea. Pinning!

    • says

      I love trifles too Blair! They are so easy to throw together. And if your hubby loves Irish booze, I’m sure he’ll enjoy this! :)

  4. says

    This trifle looks amazing Renee – love all the layers! This is such a fun St. Patrick’s Day treat and totally better than shots :)

    • says

      Really good question Brendan, in fact, I meant to put this in the post. It should definitely be refrigerated for a while before you serve it. But it will last for a while at a party on a counter. I would say to keep it refrigerated until “dessert” time or whenever it is about to be eaten, and then when you think everyone is done, I would put it back into the refrigerator! If it sits out for a few hours, it isn’t going to all the sudden be unsafe to eat, but in my opinion, it tastes better when it’s cold!


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